Assembly Performance & Artist in Residence

Recommendations & Testimonials


A recommendation for our assembly program
from the University Child Development School in Seattle:

"One World Taiko put on a fabulous show at University Child Development School for pre-K through 5th grade students! As the music teacher at the school who has coordinated tons of visiting performers, I was highly impressed with not only their artistry and musicianship, but also their ability to engage the students. After performing their own mesmerizing arrangements they brought students to the stage and taught them basic Taiko rhythms. Gary and Nancy were skilled teachers and were able to adapt the complexity of the rhythm to the level of the students. The performance also incorporated Japanese language and culture. I would highly recommend One World Taiko for your school performance or workshop!"

Matt Swanson, Music Specialist
University Child Development School


A recommendation letter from
Assumption-St Bridget Catholic School (K-8) in Seattle:

"I am a music specialist at Assumption-St. Bridget School in Seattle, and we recently had One World Taiko do two assemblies for our k-8 student body. (October, 2009) It was one of the best performance assemblies we have ever had. (and I've been at this a long time!) I appreciated the professionalism of Gary Tsujimoto and Nancy Ozaki every step of the way, from the booking through the completion of the performances. What I loved the most about it was how engaged the students were throughout the entire forty minutes (and I mean from kindergarteners to eighth graders!). Gary and Nancy struck the perfect balance between sharing information about Taiko drumming (techniques, costumes, the drums themselves, their own training) and performance pieces that were just the right length. The balance of traditional and contemporary compositions was also just perfect. Of course, the students who had the chance to actually play loved it the most! Even watching other students perform was a lot of fun for the audience. The audience participation was also great! The most affirming thing I can say about this assembly was that I had dozens of students, across the grades, come up to me later that day, and even for the next couple of days, thanking me for arranging the Taiko drum assembly for them. The kids universally loved it! I give One World Taiko an A+ for providing us with an outstanding experience in every way."

Linda Reid, Music Specialist,
Assumption-St.Bridget School


A testimonial from
3 Cedars Waldorf School in Bellevue:

"Resounding in dancing rhythms, the pure joy and energy of the Taiko drummers filled the hearts and bodies of the children this morning. They dreamt of their own strength flowing through their bodies with such a disciplined combination of strength and skill, and returned to their classrooms overflowing with positivity and happiness. Our deepest gratitude to One World Taiko and to our Japanese teachers, with Tokura Sensei as coordinator, for bringing us this memorable gift."

E. S., Grade 3 teacher
3 Cedars Waldorf School


A testimonial from
Rachal Carson Elementary in Sammamish

"Thank you again for the wonderful performance. I received more positive feedback from this assembly more than any other....fantastic!"

Deslie Zangaglia, PTSA Rachel Carson Elementary, Lake Washington School District


Artist in Residence at Centrum for their Young Artist and Blue Heron Projects
held at Fort Worden Park in Port Townsend in 2009 through 2012.

"I really appreciate all that you bring to your teaching. The kids who work with you learn discipline, cooperation, coordination and they get a background on why - the culture, the language, the tradition. It is a very unusual opportunity and I thank you for bringing it to Centrum."

Martha Worthly, Program Manager at Centrum


More Recommendation Letters - Click to view

Letter of Recommendation - Beaver Lake Middle School

Letter of Recommendation - Thomas Jefferson High School

Letter of Recommendation - Colorado Academy

Letter of Recommendation - Denver Public Library




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